New chickens, how long before free ranging?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tororider, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering how long you all keep new chickens in the coop before letting them free range. Thanks.
     
  2. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all, it depends on how young/old your birds are. We free range and our birds love it! They all come in on their own just before dark. It's great.

    We started with 6 Barred Rock girls at 2 days old. It was at about 10 weeks we started letting them out for a few hours. At about 12 weeks, we just open the door in the morning, close it at night.

    Our guineas were a month inside, 5 weeks in their new tractor coop, then free range.

    Just give them some time to learn where home is. And always feed them in the coop!!!! Food and water is in the coop. That brings them back.

    Best of luck to ya!!
     
  3. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have eight Amberlinks who are about 4.5 months old who we have had for a couple weeks. We just added a 6 month old barred rock today. The Amberlinks are obviously smaller and I wouldn't mind giving them some more space so I may start them outside the coop for a few hours tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  4. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For a test run wait until an hour or so before dusk and then let them free range. They should wander a bit, but put themselves back in the coop once the sun starts going down if things are going to plan.
     
  5. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea. Let us know how it goes.
     
  6. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let them out about an hour and a half before sundown tonight. They stayed close to the coop, and put themselves away before it got dark. Couldn't ask for much more than that.
     
  7. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!! Won't be long now! Very happy for you. :celebrate
     
  8. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I finished my flock, for now, by adding a rooster. I will probably keep him in for a few days before starting the same process.
     
  9. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is it going? Update, man, update! :barnie
     
  10. chickenman220

    chickenman220 New Egg

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    My chickens were out in their coop at 10 weeks and then I let them free range all day every day at about 14 weeks. hope this helped you!
     

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